Even though contemporary brides are branching out when it comes to dresses, when we think wedding gown, we mostly think pure snow white. 

So here are 18 breathtaking wedding dresses from around the world that will open your eyes to a whole new world of wedding dress design and culture.  

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In southern Nigeria, brides wear colorful dresses with matching head wraps, or geles. Necklaces, anklets, and henna on the hands and feet are also common.

Source: USA Today

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The Korean wedding dress is called a hanbok. Originally worn as an everyday outfit, the dress is now reserved for weddings and the color palette is traditionally muted.

Source: Visit Korea

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The ao dai is the official national outfit of Vietnam. The dress translates to "long shirt" and became popular formal attire in the 1800s.

Source: One Vietnam

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Spanish brides follow the white dress tradition and add a mantilla, which is an intricate veil.

 

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Indonesian wedding traditions vary from region to region. In Bali, the bride wears a colorful dress accompanied with breathtaking headpieces known as betawi.

Source: Novica

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Brides in the Andean area of Ecuador wear a long skirt (pollera) and top (anaco) down the aisle. Typically it's the godparents who choose the couple's bridal outfits.

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The Ethiopian wedding dress is one of the most regal. Both the bride and the groom wear capes, and gold accents are added with abandon.

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Colorful Indian wedding traditions vary by region and religion. In a Hindu wedding, the bride wears a sari with a veil-like headpiece, or ghunghat.

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Chinese traditions call for red bridal attire; the color is believed to bring luck. The traditional wedding dress, known as the kua, is threaded with gold or silver.

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Malaysian brides wear a baju kurung. The dress is worn by school girls, but a more elegant version is used for special religious occasions like weddings.

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The traditional cloth for a Ghanaian wedding is the kente, a colorful, ceremonial fabric that is hand-woven on a loom in brilliant colors with intricate designs. Every design has a story with its own proverbial meaning.

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Source: Fashion Ghana

This bride has an amazing story. Read about it here

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The kokoshnik headdress is an important part of a traditional Russian wedding. Up until the 1920s, it was common for a young bride to wear her bridal headdress every day until her first child was born.

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Cue the bagpipes! Though many brides in Scotland opt for a classic white dress, Scots find a way to incorporate tartan into every detail.

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In Turkey, the brother of the bride ties a red "maidenhood belt" around her waist as the wife-to-be says goodbye to her father's household.

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Afghan weddings are extremely celebratory, as marriage is considered a major milestone in a woman's life. Brides often wear green, a color associated with prosperity and paradise in Islamic tradition.

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Eritrean brides and grooms nearly match in their simple-yet-beautiful robes, sashes, and crowns.

Source: Haaretz

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Peruvian brides take advantage of the country's rich textile industry and line their white gowns with bright embroidery.

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In Kazakhstan, brides adorned in white and gold have a formal unveiling before the festivities can begin.